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An unsupervised training method for non-intrusive appliance load monitoring

Parson, Oliver, Ghosh, Siddhartha, Weal, Mark J. and Rogers, Alex (2014) An unsupervised training method for non-intrusive appliance load monitoring Artificial Intelligence, 217, pp. 1-19. (doi:10.1016/j.artint.2014.07.010).

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Non-intrusive appliance load monitoring is the process of disaggregating a household's total electricity consumption into its contributing appliances. In this paper we propose an unsupervised training method for non-intrusive monitoring which, unlike existing supervised approaches, does not require training data to be collected by sub-metering individual appliances, nor does it require appliances to be manually labelled for the households in which disaggregation is performed. Instead, we propose an approach which combines a one-off supervised learning process over existing labelled appliance data sets, with an unsupervised learning method over unlabelled household aggregate data. First, we propose an approach which uses the Tracebase data set to build probabilistic appliance models which generalise to previously unseen households, which we empirically evaluate through cross validation. Second, we use the Reference Energy Disaggregation Data set to evaluate the accuracy with which these general models can be tuned to the appliances within a specific household using only aggregate data. Our empirical evaluation demonstrates that general appliance models can be constructed using data from only a small number of appliances (typically 3-6 appliances), and furthermore that 28-99% of the remaining behaviour which is specific to a single household can be learned using only aggregate data from existing smart meters.

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Submitted date: 2 May 2013
Accepted/In Press date: 23 July 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 30 July 2014
Published date: December 2014
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity


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Date deposited: 29 Jul 2014 16:21
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 01:59

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Author: Oliver Parson
Author: Siddhartha Ghosh
Author: Mark J. Weal ORCID iD
Author: Alex Rogers

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